Growing Outdoors at White Oak Elementary!
Fall Trimester Registration is OPEN!

Fall Registration Deadline – Wednesday, September 7!

Fall Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below

  • Fall Trimester Exploratories will begin on Monday, September 12.
  • Exploratories will meet 8-10 times, depending on the day of the week and the grade level.
  • Exploratories take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week.
  • Exploratories are divided into two age groups: Kindergarten-2nd Grade (TK option on Wednesdays!), and Third-Fifth Grade.
  • Registration must be completed and submitted online.

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Fall Trimester (September 12 – November 18).

Click to Register Your Student For:

Kindergarten – 3rd Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester
(Select the tabs below to see all options – TK option on Wednesdays!)
Yoga & Meditation! – 2:15pm – 3:15pm – Click here to view flyerAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Each week children will learn age appropriate traditional yoga poses that build strength, coordination, balance, and flexibility, in addition to breathing practices that develop inner calm, mind-body awareness, concentration, confidence, compassion and patience – all tools that will last a lifetime! Children who practice yoga regularly are more relaxed, centered and steady.
Cost: $210 (8 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19; October 3, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14 (No Class: September 5, 26; October 10)

 

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Glass Art Fusion! – 2:15pm – 3:15pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to 1st-5th grade students only

Growing Outdoors and Fire Glass Studio are proud to offer a unique art enrichment program this fall! In this class, participants will discover the amazing world of fused-glass art and mixed-media. Each student will create beautiful projects such as candle holders, wall art, pendants, and much more.​ Learn how to cut, shape, and form glass to make amazing artworks out of glass and other media too!
Cost: $235 + $35 materials fee (8 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19; October 3, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14 (No Class: September 5, 26; October 10)

Viridian Art: Enchanted Jungle!  – 2:15pm – 3:15pm 
Join our talented viridian art instructors on campus, after school! We will create several amazing pieces of finished art, including drawing, watercolors, acrylics, sculpting, and more.
Cost: $320 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15

 

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Sky High Dance! – 2:15pm – 3:15pm – Click here to view flyer! Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring children to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every child’s confidence. Our class is open to ALL LEVELS, both boys and girls! At the end of the session, parents, teachers, and friends are invited to watch our Sky High Dance showcase. Students will perform what they’ve learned, and will take part in an awards ceremony to reward them for their hard-work and dedication. New and returning students are welcome!
Cost: $250 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15

Professor Egghead Asronauts! – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory will have two group sections: TK-1st Grade & 2nd-5th Grade
Blast off this session with the Egghead Astronaut Crew as we explore the far reaches of our universe. Students will set off rockets, make huge chemical reactions, make lava slime, look for life and rocks on other planets, recycle water in space, and make out of this world volcanoes on their way to becoming astronauts! The best part? They get to take home their experiment every week! At the end of the session, students will receive their own Egghead Astronaut Degree.
Cost: $260 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16 (No Class: October 5) 

 

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TGA Lacrosse! – 1:00pm – 2:00pm
*This exploratory is open for K – 5th students only*
Our lacrosse enrichment program combines athletics, academics, and life lessons to create a dynamic experience that emphasizes safety, fitness, and fun. Certified coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of passing, catching, defending, and goalkeeping while using the sport to teach valuable life lessons including perseverance, leadership, and sportsmanship. Students also participate in STEAM activities that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, geometry, and force through the sport. TGA’s mission is to empower students with the tools to be successful within a team and in life.
Cost: $305 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16 (No Class: October 5)

GO Gameplay! – 2:15pm – 3:15pm
GO Gameplay is the ultimate games experience! You’ll get to play the classic recess games like dodgeball and kickball, but you’ll also get to create and play new and different versions of games like ultimate football or extreme capture the flag. Challenge yourself to set and accomplish personal goals and build your skills! Most importantly, this is a time to have fun with your friends so lace up your sneakers and come join us for games!
Cost: $220 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17
4th – 5th Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester
(Select the tabs below to see all options)
Yoga & Meditation! – 2:45pm – 3:45pm – Click here to view flyerAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to 1st-5th Grade students
Each week children will learn age appropriate traditional yoga poses that build strength, coordination, balance, and flexibility, in addition to breathing practices that develop inner calm, mind-body awareness, concentration, confidence, compassion and patience – all tools that will last a lifetime! Children who practice yoga regularly are more relaxed, centered and steady.
Cost: $210 (8 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19; October 3, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14 (No Class: September 5, 26; October 10)

 

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Glass Art Fusion! – 2:45pm – 3:45pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Growing Outdoors and Fire Glass Studio are proud to offer a unique art enrichment program this fall! In this class, participants will discover the amazing world of fused-glass art and mixed-media. Each student will create beautiful projects such as candle holders, wall art, pendants, and much more.​ Learn how to cut, shape, and form glass to make amazing artworks out of glass and other media too!
Cost: $235 + $35 materials fee (8 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19; October 3, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14 (No Class: September 5, 26; October 10)

Viridian Art: Enhanted Jungle! – 2:45pm – 3:45pm
Join our talented viridian art instructors on campus, after school! We will create several amazing pieces of finished art, including drawing, watercolors, acrylics, sculpting, and more.
Cost: $320 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15

 

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Sky High Dance! – 2:45pm – 3:45pm – Click here to view flyer! Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring children to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every child’s confidence. Our class is open to ALL LEVELS, both boys and girls! At the end of the session, parents, teachers, and friends are invited to watch our Sky High Dance showcase. Students will perform what they’ve learned, and will take part in an awards ceremony to reward them for their hard-work and dedication. New and returning students are welcome!
Cost: $250 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15

TGA Lacrosse! – 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Our lacrosse enrichment program combines athletics, academics, and life lessons to create a dynamic experience that emphasizes safety, fitness, and fun. Certified coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of passing, catching, defending, and goalkeeping while using the sport to teach valuable life lessons including perseverance, leadership, and sportsmanship. Students also participate in STEAM activities that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, geometry, and force through the sport. TGA’s mission is to empower students with the tools to be successful within a team and in life.
Cost: $305 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16 (No Class: October 5)

 

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Professor Egghead Astronauts! – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory will have two group sections: TK-1st Grade & 2nd-5th Grade
Blast off this session with the Egghead Astronaut Crew as we explore the far reaches of our universe. Students will set off rockets, make huge chemical reactions, make lava slime, look for life and rocks on other planets, recycle water in space, and make out of this world volcanoes on their way to becoming astronauts! The best part? They get to take home their experiment every week! At the end of the session, students will receive their own Egghead Astronaut Degree.
Cost: $260 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16 (No Class: October 5)

GO Gameplay! – 2:45pm – 3:45pm
GO Gameplay is the ultimate games experience! You’ll get to play the classic recess games like dodgeball and kickball, but you’ll also get to create and play new and different versions of games like ultimate football or extreme capture the flag. Challenge yourself to set and accomplish personal goals and build your skills! Most importantly, this is a time to have fun with your friends so lace up your sneakers and come join us for games!
Cost: $220 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17

Click to Register Your Student For:

Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Covid-19 Procedures for Growing Outdoors?

All exploratories will take place mostly outside, with minimal indoor time during programs. In the event of inclement weather, we will work with the school to move to a spacious indoor location(s) for that day’s programs.

Growing Outdoors will follow all rules and regulations regarding Covid-19 that have been put in place by district, county, and public health officials. Under this guidance, any student who is under “quarantine” is not permitted to participate in Growing Outdoors exploratories until they have been released from quarantine by their school.

Following updated guidance from the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, masks became optional during Spring 2022 Growing Outdoors programs. As we enter the 2022-2023 school year, we will continue to monitor guidance and requirements, and adjust accordingly, as needed.

What are the additional LVUSD fees in my registration?
LVUSD charges Growing Outdoors facility use fees as well as a custodial cleaning fees to provide our programming to White Oak families. These fees are set by the school board and are the same fees a community organization (like AYSO, etc.) would be charged to rent a space on campus.

While we’ve built these fees into our exploratory costs in the past, we have made them separate to help you better understand what your payment is going towards!

Why a new After-School Enrichment Program?
We’ve been brought on by White Oak to bring a cohesiveness and centrality to the after-school exploratories. We hope to provide great service, purposeful programming, and a safe environment where your child can thrive.

A few features of the Growing Outdoors program:

  • We have a Site Coordinator on campus from before the first program begins until the last child is picked up! The Site Coordinator will be reachable by phone while program is running, have a health form for each child, a first aid kit, student lists, and release/emergency information.
  • There is a Growing Outdoors Exploratory Leader in each class! Our trained staff person is there to focus on the students’ well being, while the vendor or Program Specialist will handle the instruction of the activity. Our staff person can help with any individual or emotional problems that may arise, so the instructor can focus on the activity as a whole. They will also handle attendance and dismissal (don’t forget to bring your picture ID!) so you can be sure that your child is well cared for.
  • The Site Coordinator and each Exploratory Leader will have a walkie talkie so additional assistance is only a walkie talkie call away!
  • Registration and payment for all after-school exploratories happens online, making it easier for you!
What happens if my child participates in the YMCA after-care program?
Because the YMCA program at White Oak picks up students right after school and buses them to another LVUSD campus, it is not currently possible for students to participate in both Growing Outdoors and YMCA on the same day.

If YMCA opens back up on campus at White Oak, then Growing Outdoors will return to our usual policy: At the end of each exploratory, Growing Outdoors staff will walk those children enrolled in YMCA program from their exploratory to the appropriate location.

Why aren’t there more options for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) students?
Great question. Because TK release times are earlier than Kindergarten and are not consistent with the rest of our programming times on Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, we have limited space and staff on campus to supervise and support a TK program on those days. On Wednesdays, school release time is the same for everyone! TK students are eligible for K-2nd grade exploratories offered on Wednesdays (unless otherwise noted in the exploratory description).
Why are the exploratories divided into trimesters?
We feel that students will get the most out of each exploratory when they have consistent time to be with the same students and the same instructors to build a rapport. By making each trimester eight to ten weeks in length, students will have three opportunities during the school year to try different exploratories. Each trimester will offer different class options for the various age groups!
What do I do if my child has to miss an exploratory day?
Please call us as early as possible (before 10:00am is preferable!) at (818) 889-8383. The Growing Outdoors adminstrative staff will be creating daily attendance sheets for each exploratory, so it would be helpful to have that information as early as possible. 
Why does registration close before the first day of each exploratory?
Growing Outdoors wants to provide the best possible after school enrichment program. Therefore, we need time to train and prepare our staff, in addition to reviewing each child’s health form, prior to the first day of each exploratory.
Why are the exploratories priced differently?
The price of all of our exploratories is based on number of class meetings, supply costs, staffing needs, and specialized instructor costs. By basing it on these factors, you can rest assured that you are getting what you pay for!

 

What does my exploratory tuition pay for?

There are many factors that affect Growing Outdoors exploratory prices! These might include:

  • We have a Site Coordinator on campus from before the first program begins until the last child is picked up! 
  • There is a Growing Outdoors Exploratory Leader in each class! Our trained staff person is there to focus on the students’ well-being, while the Vendor or Program Specialist will handle the instruction of the activity. 
  • We are dedicated to offering the highest quality after-school programs to our families! Each exploratory has a Vendor or Program Specialist who provides specialized and exciting instruction. To make this possible, each has a fee of their own which makes up the bulk of our exploratory pricing. 
  • Each school district requires use rental fees for all indoor and outdoor exploratory locations. These fees go directly back to your school district! 
Is it possible for an exploratory to be cancelled?
Occasionally, Growing Outdoors has to cancel an exploratory because low enrollment numbers make it logistically and financially nonviable. Should this happen to any exploratory for which you have signed up your child, we will contact you to discuss all alternative options (including the option of a full refund for the cancelled exploratory).
Could an individual class meeting be cancelled?
On very rare occasions, an exploratory does not happen quite as we planned! If there is ever an exploratory meeting that needs to be rescheduled, we will notify you in advance, and will still offer optional care for your child during their normal exploratory hour in the form of fun games and activities led by Growing Outdoors staff. Should an instructor be late or unable to make it to an exploratory meeting due to unforeseen circumstances, we will work with the school and vendor to reschedule the “missed” class. Never fear! Growing Outdoors staff will always be there to collect and care for your child and to make sure that they have a great time!

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